|Partner TechTip: Virtual Tape Technology (VTL) Can Eliminate a Lot of Tape Headaches|
|Tips & Techniques - System Administration|
|Written by Tom Huntington|
|Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00|
Crossroads' SPHiNX and Robot/SAVE team up to automate your IBM i backup solution.
For years, many of us have wondered when tape technology would become a thing of the past. Many data center managers have dreamt of the time when there's no need for tape racks, offsite tape storage, and media couriers. They have wanted to eliminate operator intervention for media errors, out-of-tape issues, locked tapes, and active file errors.
In the world of IBM Power Systems, Help/Systems has been preaching lights-out computer operations for years. Many of our customers have been very successful, despite the limitations of tape technology, usually with the help of Automated Media Library (AML) devices and tape stackers. Yet the number one automation issue we hear about is tape drive errors. These errors keep many data center managers awake at night, worrying that they need an operator on site, "just in case."
The Next Step: Virtual Tape Backups
So, here's some good news: virtual tape technology is now more affordable and is adaptable to IBM Power Systems. A Virtual Tape Library (VTL) eliminates the need for manual tape handling and tape couriers (the server "thinks" it's dealing with a tape drive; in reality it's working with a disk drive).
With disk-to-disk backups, you avoid the hassles of manual tape mounts and mechanical moving parts. That means increased reliability and fewer problems. Just think of how many backups have aborted over the years because of media errors, drive failures, or tape issues. And, because tapes can be eliminated with a VTL solution (though you do have the option of maintaining tape backups), issues such as incorrect tape mounts, silos running out of tapes, backups being accidentally canceled, courier security, accidents related to off?site transport, and accidental overwrites also disappear. A VTL solution facilitates automation, makes data recovery easier, converts old tape formats, encrypts data, replicates data across a network, helps remove media errors, and increases the speed of backups and recoveries.
The Affordable Power of SPHiNX
SPHiNX, from Crossroads, is a dedicated virtual tape appliance for IBM Power Systems that dramatically reduces the costs of backup and recovery solutions to a fraction of the cost of other VTL solutions. These are some of the benefits:
A Comprehensive Backup and Recovery Solution
A Solid Return on Investment
For any new technology, you must examine the Return on Investment (ROI). When you combine SPHiNX with any of the Robot products, you can really reduce your costs. First, you can eliminate the cost of tape; paying up to $100 per tape can add up quickly. Second, you can remove both the cost and security issues of using a courier to transport tapes to and from your off?site storage facility. Finally, as you remove old devices that you currently maintain for regulation purposes, a lot of your maintenance costs disappear. That all adds up to a quick ROI.
If you want to reduce your backup costs and improve the availability of your systems, if you currently maintain old data for regulations, if you need to encrypt data and replicate it easily, or if you run mission-critical applications, the team of SPHiNX, Robot/SAVE, Robot SCHEDULE Enterprise, and Robot/REPORTS can bring the freedom from tape you've been looking for. Click here to learn more about Robot/SAVE and SPHiNX. And check out Help/Systems' other offerings in the MC Showcase Buyer's Guide.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:25|